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When I go to add water to the radiator, it comes

I have a 1995 Ford Taurus that has not been driven since last winter. I had drained the radiator prior to winter so it would not freeze and crack the radiator. Today I wanted to start it up to get it road ready again but when I went to add water to the radiator, the water came out of a hole in the middle of the front of the motor just behind the front cross-member about the size of a quarter. I put the garden hose in the radiator to fill it, but all the water comes gushing out this hole and none gets in the radiator. Can anyone tell me what's wrong and what I need to do to fix it. Thanks

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  • Matt Sep 06, 2009

    It looks like that is what it is. Thanks. Any idea how to fix it?

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    david mcclellan May 11, 2010

    It sounds like one of the expansion\freeze plugs has popped out. It may be that the radiator was drain but the engine block still had some water in it. Below is a link to a picture of the side of a block and the expansion plugs. If what you see looks similar to this then it's an expansion plug. Besides the engine block coolant drain drain plug there is really nothing else that would explain the hole. Hope this helps.



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The plug is simply pressed fit into the block tight enough to create a leak proof seal and to withstand the normal operating pressure of the cooling system.

I'm not really sure how much clearance you have around the hole but your going to need to clean the the inside diameter of the hole. This is the sealing surface for the plug and must be clean. I think steel wool or a Scotchbrite pad would work as well as anything else. Inspect it as best you can for any gouges or defects that might hinder a seal. If you are not positive about the surface I believe Auto Zone carries a sealant for just this application. I included a link to a picture of some freeze\expansion plugs to give you an idea of what your working with. After the hole is cleaned the plug is simply pressed in. Since you have limited room there are other options aside from pressing it in.

One way is to make a die from a round piece of wood. The die should have two outside diameters. The first will fit inside the plug the second just a 1/8th to 1/4 inch larger. The idea is to tap the plug into the hole leaving it level with the surface of the block. The die helps keep the plug level as it is going in.
A bolt with a few washers that fit snugly inside the plug and then a couple larger ones after that, then lock them down with a nut. This can also make a good die.
Another method is to use a socket just small enough to fit into the plug. Gently tap it in. Basically the same thing but the socket is a little trickier.
You may have to alter the installation method a bit depending on the shape and size of your plug. Some can be bowl shaped with no sides.
Just take your time when you begin to install the plug and it should be fine.

You also need to keep in mind that the reason for the missing plug. They are in place in case the coolant\water should freeze in the block the pop out instead of the block cracking.
They work well but they are not perfect. So after you get this one installed you should check for any other leaks that may come from plugs that are still in place but dislodged. Or heaven forbid a cracked block.

I hope this helps you out. Let me know if you need clarification or just more info. Good luck.

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Pepper can fix a raditator or go to auto zone and ask for a radiator repair kit and they will help u get it fixed the best thing i can recomend is you get another raditator

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